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Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018: Cairo-Durham snaps 21-game losing streak in football

   Leading off today: The state's longest active winning streak ended Friday when Troy lost to Schalmont. On Saturday, the longest active losing streak went by the wayside.

   Jake Hall scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Cairo-Durham rally past Coxsackie-Athens 36-34 to snap a 21-game skid. The Mustangs snuffed out the final threat, stopping the Coxsackie-Athens offense on fourth down at the Cairo-Durham 15-yard line with three minutes to go.

   Ardsley impresses: Pleasantville joined Troy on the list of defending NYSPHSAA champions suffering Week 1 losses, falling to Ardsley 34-6.

   Ardsley scored 14 points within 19 seconds in the first quarter, held a 28-0 lead at the half and rang up three interceptions on defense. Quarterback Frank Belarge was 9-for-13 for 130 yards and three TDs.

   Belarge threw 12 yards to running back Brett Loccisano for a first quarter TD after a botched snap and Ardsley recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. One play later, Belarge and Vincent Manzi hooked up on a 42-yard scoring pass.

   Surprisingly easy: With both teams stocked with returning talent, few observers would have anticipated Glens Falls' 43-14 rout of Schuylerville.

   Senior QB Joe Girard III accounted for all six Indians touchdowns, highlighted by a 10-for-14 passing day with 278 yards and four TDs. His 25-yard ramble gave Glens Falls a 16-7 lead in the first half, and a 17-yard swing pas to slotback David Barclay made it 29-7 shortly before halftime.

   Great small-schools clash: Kyle Coffin hit Caden Bennett on a 69-yard TD pass with 16.1 second left in the first half to start Newark Valley on its way to a 10-7 win over Tioga.

   Tioga had taken a 6-0 lead on John Worthing's 3-yard run with :33.4 left before halftime.

   Coffin kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to close out the scoring.

    • Newark Valley was without Trentyn Rupert, a first-team all-state lineman as a sophomore and junior who was on crutches as the result of an automobile accident that left him hospitalized for four days leading up to the game.

   The defense never rests: Senior Devonte Mateo scored on two interceptions and a fumble recovery as Rochester Monroe/School Without Walls defeated Cardinal O'Hara 26-12. The winners' fourth touchdown came on yet another interception return.


   Heading for a showdown: As is usually the case when the teams get together, the Week 3 game between Canisius and Aquinas should be a doozy.

   Canisius opened with a 42-14 win over a Maritime/Health Sciences squad that was making its football debut under coach Charlie Comerford.

   Junior QB Christian Veilleux from Ottawa, Ontario, was 7-for-13 for 176 yards and a trio of TDs. Joe Jamison ran for 91 yards on five carries and also made 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

   Aquinas opened with 42-24 win over Monroe-Woodbury at the Carrier Dome as sophomore Tyler Szalkowski went 17- football site

for-24 for 205 yards and three TDs in his debut as a starter. Kobe McNair (two TD catches) and Caron Robinson each made interception returns for scores for the Little Irish.

   Big finish: Utica Notre Dame QB Treijen Garrett connected with Mike Washington on an 11-yard TD pass with :11.6 left as the Jugglers edged Little Falls 27-20.

   Little Falls had tied with 4:30 to play as Mason Trumbull took a 57-yard pass from Ricky Smith to the end zone and then Anthony Servidone converted on the 2-point run.    Garrett threw for two scores and ran for two more.

   Statistically speaking: Sophomore fullback Lucas Scott scored three TDs in his varsity debut and Chenango Forks defeated Central Square 34-12 to win its season opener for the 21st straight year.

    • Niagara-Wheatfield, which surrendered a Section 6-worst 367 points in 2017, blanked North Tonawanda 48-0. Jordan Parks passed for three touchdowns and ran 75 and 83 yards for two other scores.

   Big numbers: Rochester East sophomore Seven McGee had only three touches, but he took all three to the end zone and piled up 144 yards of offense in a 47-13 romp over Penfield. His first score was on a 53-yard pass play from sophomore Anthony Gilbert, whose four completions covered 182 yards and all went for scores.

    • Ian Owens rushed 12 times for 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead Voorheesville past Helderberg Valley 38-21.

    • Elsewhere in Section 2, Hoosick Falls beat Whitehall 52-32 as Max Kipp ran for 201 yards and five touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.

   Friday leftovers: Camden Chance of Clyde-Savannah ran for a pair of touchdowns, returned one punt and one kickoff for scores and threw a TD pass as the Golden Eagles rolled to a 44-24 win vs. South Seneca/Romulus/Trumansburg.

    • Jake Ritts completed 26 of 43 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns for St. Francis in a 58-33 loss at Erie (Pa.) McDowell.

   Scoreboard: You can view the Week 1 scoreboard on our Road To Syracuse website.

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